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  1. Tapatalk issues

    I updated to the latest version of tapatalk which was just released about 2 weeks ago. I'm able to login and post again. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. I've been unable to log in to the forum with tapatalk the past couple days. I get an error message every time. It will let me access some of the forums while not logged in, but I obviously cannot post or access specific areas of the forums. I have no issues logging in from a browser. Any ideas?
  3. Aotc prequel robe ?????

    I was able to get my photolinks updated for that topic regarding the blanket fabric. http://www.kraytclan.com/forum/topic/4253-prequel-robe-fabric-discussion/ I was also able to find that other topic I mentioned. Looks like the guy used the TK409 robe pattern and it turned out really well. His photos appear to still work for now, but they are on photobucket so it's only a matter of time before the links die. http://www.kraytclan.com/forum/topic/4864-pt-tusken-for-comic-con-next-month/
  4. Hello from Northern Virginia

    Welcome from a fellow GT member! I'm down in Richmond. Jason Pizzino in our garrison also made a mini tusken for his daughter. I think she was 5 but his work may be helpful. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Aotc prequel robe ?????

    Monks cloth is usually acceptable/approvable but is far from accurate. The best fabric I have found is the Nobel Excellence blanket which is sold at Dillard's. It's a little pricey, but it is dead on. http://www.dillards.com/p/Noble-Excellence-Villa-Microcotton-Bed-Blanket/502810837?df=03584944_zi_barn_red I had a thread with comparison photos, but all the picture links are dead. I'm in the process of updating my posts with links to Flickr. I'll copy the link here when I get a chance to fix that one. As far as the model, when in doubt always go by the actual reference images, not the CRL model. There was someone about a year ago that had a pattern for the prequel robe that looked really good. I'll see if I can find it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. "Plug-eye" from the book Kenobi

    I did an A'Yark build several years ago. I think I only trooped it once. Vision out of a regular tusken mask is bad, vision with one eye blocked is TERRIBLE! http://www.kraytclan.com/forum/topic/3413-plug-eye-aka-ayark-build/
  7. Outer Robe question

    That is precisely how I made my robe. However, mine was approved years ago before the no-shoulder-seams requirement was added to the CRL. I think in general, the extra vertical seam isn't as frowned upon as the shoulders. The vertical seams can disappear in the folds of the fabric and are almost invisible. I'd check with your GML since they are the one who will review and approve your costume. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Real reference pictures

    Some additional photos and discussion of the under robe is here: http://www.kraytclan.com/forum/topic/1272-reference-pictures-enclosed/
  9. Got one 100% complete and ready to go. I'll open up a for sale thread on the forum with a batch of 6 probably in a month or so when they are all complete. For final finishing, I painted the mace head and handle with Krylon Supermaxx Hammered Silver. This paint is supposed to replace Krylon Fusion for a good bond to plastics as well as all other wood/metal surfaces. The hammed texture also provides some nice pitting. The mace head then gets a black wash with acrylic paint. The handle got the same but then the raised portion is wiped off to leave a darker finish in all the grooves. I followed up with a second wash of an acrylic gunmetal gray metallic on the handle. The metal pipe portion remains unpainted with a just a little bit of black weathering. I marked off the gunstock portion of the gaffi with lines at 1/4" intervals for a checkering pattern, then cut out each groove using a dremel and cutting disk. After a final sanding all over I stained with Minwax Gunstock stain. Photos below show the finishing process as well as a comparison with my original gunstock gaffi and the full size reference photograph in black-and-white. I'll be posting some other photos probably next month as I get the batch of 6 closer to completion. Hope you like the results!
  10. There are 3 reference photo stickies on the forum for Tuskens. Not really organized by episode though. The second page of the second link below had the best episode 1 photos. The mask is the same for both episode 1 and 2 but the robes and bandoliers are different. Sent from my banthaphone using Tapatalk
  11. Droid Caller

    Not as accurate but a very thorough tutorial from the old blaster builders club website. http://www.imperial-fleet.com/modules.php?name=Tutorials&t_op=showtutorial&pid=9 Sent from my banthaphone using Tapatalk
  12. Droid Caller

    Jedi Loreen made a pretty good tutorial back in the day. http://www.fx-sabers.com/forum/index.php?topic=24920.0 Sent from my banthaphone using Tapatalk
  13. I cut out the leather straps and punched holes to fit through the hanger bolt. Also trying a different way to make the grip as an actual wire wrap is very tedious to get right. So I'm trying out 3/4" electrical non-metallic tubing (ENT). I wrapped a few layers of duct tape around the metal tube then press fit the plastic tubing over top of it. The end caps are the same toy machine bubbles (1" acorn capsules) that I used before. It's all dry fitted for now, I'm hopeful these will look good when they're painted. Weather isn't looking good for painting the next few days so it'll have to wait. (For some reason the lighting in a few of these photos is very weird, makes the leather and wood look pink).
  14. I'm working on 3 of them at the same time right now, probably looking like the end of the month before I post anything for sale. Depending on the demand, I may do another run after that.
  15. It was pointed out in another thread that the gunstock gaffi actually has 3 fins on the mace end, and not 4 like the traditional pineapple gaffi. So while I love the look of my first version, I needed to come up with a different design for these. It also meant that the reference photo was most likely taken with the fins at a 30 degree angle to the camera. So the previous dimensions are actually a little small for the width (length is the same). Just needed a little easy trigonometry to figure out the right dimensions (I'll post up the right numbers later). I stuck with the 1/8" tempered hardboard for the fins, but am attaching them to a 5/8" wooden dowel rod that has a 1/8" groove routed out for them to sit in. With a very minimal amount of sanding, the dowel rod will fit perfectly into the 1/2" EMT shaft. The tip can also easily be sanded into a point. The keeper ring was carved out of a 1-1/2" dowel rod. Below is everything dry fitted together ready for a little tweaking before epoxying together.